The Pillow Book

Definition

The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) is a personalised account of life at the Japanese court by Sei Shonagon which she completed c. 1002 CE during the Heian Period. The book is full of humorous observations (okashi) written in the style of a diary, an approach known as zuihitsu-style ('rambling') of which The Pillow Book was the first and greatest example.

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  • 794 - 1185
    The Heian Period in ancient Japan.
  • c. 1002
    Sei Shonagon completes The Pillow Book, a Japanese classic describing court life during the Heian Period.
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